A Purpose Ridden

In the summer of 1996, a father and his 13-year-old son embarked on a 3400 km bicycle tour across Canada. Affectionately known as “Manhood Training,” this unique bonding experience became the inspiration for Ryan Correy to break away from convention and turn a passion for cycling into his purpose in life.

The world’s most extreme cycling challenges serve as an evolving proving ground for the young rider – including self-doubt on a solo tour to Arizona after high school, falling asleep and crashing into a cemetery gate on the grueling Race Across America (“The toughest sporting event in the world”), murder and robbery along the Pan American Highway (“The longest road in the world”), a near mountaintop helicopter rescue while traversing the infamous Tour Divide (“The longest mountain bike race in the world”), cashing in after being hit by a car in California, hallucinations and foot-crippling pain on a six-day, 20-hour stationary cycling world record attempt, and plenty more.

A Purpose Ridden is an honest and often obsessive first-hand account of becoming one of Canada’s most respected adventure cyclists. Ryan shares in great detail the sponsorship woes, the evolution of his ego, an admiration for flawed role model Lance Armstrong, the many accolades earned, family tragedy and, of course, the evolving relationship with his father, their fights, and friendships lost along the way.

The path less travelled begins with a paternal taunt: “We’re close enough to home. If you want, we can call your mother to come and pick you up now.”

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
A Purpose Ridden 1
Contents 7
Foreword 9
Author’s Introduction 13
Prologue 15
Part I: Manhood Training 21
Chapter 1: Close Enough to Home 23
Chapter 2: Canadiana 39
Chapter 3: Nathan James 55
Chapter 4: Detox 69
Chapter 5: Valley Overlook 83
Chapter 6: Drastic Times 95
Chapter 7: Marathon of Hope 105
Chapter 8: Leaving Hollywood 125
Chapter 9: Just the Beginning 137
Part II: Longest Road 155
Chapter 10: Midnight Sun 157
Chapter 11: Gringo 177
Chapter 12: Lightning Strikes 189
Chapter 13: Border Patrol 201
Chapter 14: The End of the World 215
Chapter 15: Bigger than Self 231
Chapter 16: Turning 24 243
Chapter 17: Valedictorian 257
Chapter 18: Stay on the Bike 275
Chapter 19: Jure Gives Me the Look 289
Chapter 20: I Quit 301
Chapter 21: Missing Person 315
Part III: This Mountain of Mine 327
Chapter 22: Get a Real Job, Pay Taxes 329
Chapter 23: Distance Defier 339
Chapter 24: Attempt to Kill Myself 359
Chapter 25: Finding Balance 373
Chapter 26: Posthole 405
Chapter 27: The Great Divide 415
Chapter 28: The Great Basin 429
Chapter 29: That Ain’t Chocolate Milk 449
Chapter 30: Humble Pie 465
Chapter 31: Coming Home 487
A Special Acknowledgement 493